Friday, November 21, 2008
Ummm... it's delicious. Baaaaaaaaaaaaa.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
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Monday, November 17, 2008
If you don't know what to have for a snack or dessert today ...
These sesame bars make a great dessert or nutritious pick-me-up any time of day and they take only minutes to prepare. Enjoy!
Prep and Cook Time: 10 minutes
- 1 cup walnuts
- ½ cup sesame seeds
- 1½ cups pitted dates
- 1½ cups raisins
- 1/8 tsp salt
- Pulse all ingredients in food processor until mixture holds together when pressed.
- Press mixture into 9inch square pan, and chill. Cut into squares to serve.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Major Types of Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes
Results from the body's failure to produce insulin, the hormone that "unlocks" the cells of the body, allowing glucose to enter and fuel them. It is estimated that 5-10% of Americans who are diagnosed with diabetes have type 1 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes
Results from insulin resistance (a condition in which the body fails to properly use insulin), combined with relative insulin deficiency. Most Americans who are diagnosed with diabetes have type 2 diabetes.
Immediately after pregnancy, 5% to 10% of women with gestational diabetes are found to have diabetes, usually, type 2.
Pre-diabetes is a condition that occurs when a person's blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. There are 57 million Americans who have pre-diabetes, in addition to the 23.6 million with diabetes.
Diabetes is controllable with diet, exercise, medication, etc. and there are major efforts set forth to find a cure. According to the American Diabetes Association:
Total: 23.6 million children and adults -- 8.0% of the population -- have diabetes.
Diagnosed: 17.9 million people
Undiagnosed: 5.7 million people
Pre-diabetes: 57 million people
1.6 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years or older in 2007.
Minority groups are hit hard by this epidemic. Here are more statistics from the American Diabetes Association:
Race and ethnic differences in prevalence of diagnosed diabetes
Sufficient data are not available to derive prevalence estimates of both diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes for all minority populations. For example, national survey data can not provide reliable estimates for the Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander population. However, national estimates of diagnosed diabetes for certain minority groups are available from national survey data and from the Indian Health Service (IHS) user population database, which includes data for approximately 1.4 million American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States who receive healthcare from the IHS. Because most minority populations are younger and tend to develop diabetes at earlier ages than the non-Hispanic white population, it is important to control for population age differences when making race and ethnic comparisons.
- Data from the 2005 IHS user population database indicate that 14.2% of the American Indians and Alaska Natives aged 20 years or older who received care from IHS had diagnosed diabetes. After adjusting for population age differences, 16.5% of the total adult population served by IHS had diagnosed diabetes, with rates varying by region from 6.0% among Alaska Native adults to 29.3% among American Indian adults in southern Arizona.
- After adjusting for population age differences, 2004-2006 national survey data for people diagnosed with diabetes, aged 20 years or older include the following prevalence by race/ethnicity:
- 6.6% of non-Hispanic whites
- 7.5% of Asian Americans
- 10.4% of Hispanics
- 11.8% of non-Hispanic blacks
- Among Hispanics rates were:
- 8.2% for Cubans
- 11.9% for Mexican Americans
- 12.6% for Puerto Ricans.
According to the Diabetes Monitor:
How Many American Indians and
Alaska Natives Have Diabetes?
Type 2 Diabetes
About 15 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives who receive care from the Indian Health Service have been diagnosed with diabetes, a total of 105,000 people. On average, American Indians and Alaska Natives are 2.6 times as likely to have diagnosed diabetes as non-Hispanic whites of a similar age.5 The available data probably underestimate the true prevalence of diabetes in this population. For example, 40 to 70 percent of American Indian adults age 45 to 74 were found to have diabetes in a recent screening study in three geographic areas.6 Data from the Navajo Health and Nutrition Survey, published in 1997, showed that 22.9 percent of Navajo adults age 20 and older had diabetes. Fourteen percent had a history of diabetes, but another 7 percent were found to have undiagnosed diabetes during the survey.7
Type 2 diabetes is becoming increasingly common in youth. Researchers studying 5,274 Pima Indian children from 1967 to 1996 found that the prevalence of type 2 diabetes in girls ages 10 to 14 increased from 0.72 percent in the period 1967 to 1976 to 2.88 percent in the period 1987 to 1996.3 Reports include an increasing incidence in First Nation populations in Canada.8
In 1998, about 70,000 of the 2.3 million self-identified American Indians/Alaska Natives who receive care from the IHS had diabetes.9 Diabetes rates for American Indians vary by tribal group, as shown in table 1.
Diabetes is particularly common among middle-age and older American Indians and Alaska Natives. Its prevalence in American Indians and Alaska Natives, compared with that of non-Hispanic whites by age group and sex, is shown in table 2.
TABLE 1.--Age-adjusted prevalence of diagnosed diabetes among American Indians/Alaska Natives, age 20 and older, by group of tribes--United States, 1997.
|Group of Tribes||Geographic Area||Prevalence (%)|
|Atlantic||Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas||21.0|
|Great Lakes||Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin||15.2|
|Northern Plains||Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming||16.3|
|Pacific Tribes||California, Idaho, Oregon, Washington||7.0|
|Southern Plains||Kansas, Oklahoma||9.6|
|Southwest||Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah||13.9|
Note: Age-adjusted to the 1980 U.S. population; prevalance is per 100 persons. Data on American Indians/Alaska Natives are from the 1997 Indian Health Service (IHS) Patient Care Component file; excludes data from 27 (representing 12 percent of the population served by IHS) of the 145 IHS service units that report data to the IHS because the data were incomplete.
Source: Ríos Burrows (1999, July 26).10
Something must be done to help these people to give them a life that allows them to manage their disease. More to come on this subject soon!!!!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Let's first start with talking about the skin. The skin is the largest organ in the body...well, on the body. Of course diet is a huge part of good skin, but exfoliation, skin-care products, sunlight, etc. are extremely important factors when trying to take care of your skin. Here's what Wikipedia says about skin hygiene:
Unclean skin favors the development of pathogenic organisms – the dead cells that continually slough off of the epidermis mix with the secretions of the sweat and sebaceous glands and the dust found on the skin to form a filthy layer on its surface. If not washed away, the slurry of sweat and sebaceous secretions mixed with dirt and dead skin is decomposed by bacterial flora, producing a foul smell. Functions of the skin are disturbed when it is excessively dirty; it becomes more easily damaged, the release of antibacterial compounds decreases, and dirty skin is more prone to develop infections.Dirty skin is just gross and smelly. But this isn't the sixteenth century when taking baths was hardly ever done. Today, people understand that bathing is a crucial part of staying healthy and swearing off bacteria, etc.
There are many layers to the skin. The layer you see is the epidermis, and you're actually looking at dead skin cells. Mmm, dead. How fascinating! According to the website Kid's Health "Every minute of the day we lose about 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells off the surface of our skin." Wow.
Anyway, so here's where skin brushing comes in. If you think about it logically, when you brush your hair, you are stimulating your hair follicles, pumping the blood to your head, bringing more life so that you have beautiful shiny hair. So if you were to do the same to the skin, well then you can have beautiful radiant looking skin.
READ THIS WEBSITE ABOUT DRY SKIN BRUSHING AND WHY BRUSHING THE SKIN IS ABSOLUTELY IMPORTANT! This website also tells you the best kind of brush to get.
Here are a couple places you can purchase your brush:
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
So I just read in Arthur Magazine (don't have time to cite the source now, but will tomorrow or Monday) a fantastic sounding snack.
Can we say amazing! Just cut the avocado in half... squeeze the lemon and add the poppy seeds. YUM!